The Ultimate London Dinner List

For the past few weeks I have been trying to compile the Ultimate London Dinner List, with all the best restaurants (for dinner) across London. Each of these restaurants has been tried and tested, by either myself or friends, and includes everything from cheap and cheerful to Michelin star (marked with an *). Enjoy!

 

French:

The Orrery (Modern take on traditional French dishes) Marylebone
Margaux (French) Kensington
Leroy (French Small plates) Shoreditch
Nac (French Bistro) Mayfair
Le Boudin Blanc (Rustic Gallic Food, French cuisine) Mayfair

Italian:

Sorella (Italian) Clapham
Bernardi’s (Italian) Marylebone
Flour & Grape (Italian/Pasta) London Bridge
Padella (Pasta) London Bridge
Bocco di Lupo (Italian) Soho
Popolo (Italian) Shoreditch
Da Corradi (Italian) Mayfair

Tapas:

Jose (Tapas) London Bridge
Pizarro (Tapas) London Bridge
Cambio de Tercio (Tapas) Earls Court
Capote y Toros (Tapas) Earls Court
Hispania (Spanish Tapas) Bank
Barrafina (Spanish Tapas) Soho, Covent Garden, Drury Lane *

Mediterranean:

Peyote (Mediterranean) Mayfair
Brawn (Mediterranean small plates) Shoreditch
Liman (Mediterranean) Angel

Indian:

Benares (Michelin Star Indian restaurant) Mayfair*
Bombay Bustle (Indian) Mayfair
Bombay Brasserie (Indian) Kensington
Kricket (blend British ingredients & Mumbai-inspired flavours.) Soho
Dishoom (Indian) Shoreditch, Kensington, Carnaby, Covent Garden, Kings Cross

British:

Tanner & Co (Old English food with a modern edge) London Bridge
Lamberts (modern British) Balham
Magpie (Modern British) Mayfair
The Ivy (Modern British Food) Multiple Locations
Drayton Arms (British gastropub) Earls Court
Bumpkin (British) South Kensington
Kitty Fishers (Modern British with Spanish twist) Mayfair
Plot (Modern British small plates)Tooting Market
The Dairy (Small-plate dining from seasonal Modern English/European menu amid vintage chic of bar/bistro.) Clapham Common
Randall & Aubin (Seafood, Oysters, Modern British) Soho
Frog by Adam Handling (continues Adam’s signature British style and combines technical savvy with the freshest, highest quality seasonal produce) Covent Garden

Steak:

Gauchos (Steak) Multiple Locations
Hawksmoor (Steak) Covent Garden
Foxlow (Steak) Balham
Hixter (Chicken/Steak) Bankside
Arlo’s (Steak) Balham

North Africa:

Barbury (North African) Neals Yard Covent Garden
Morito (Spanish/North African Tapas) Clerkenwell

 

Asia:

Bull in a China Shop (Asian infused eatery) Shoreditch
Sushi Samba (Japanese-Brazilian-Peruvian sushi) Moorgate
Go (Vietnamese) South Kensington
Pidgin (Asian Inspired 4 course menu) Hackney*

 

Moroccan:

Tagine (BYOB Moroccan) Balham
Momo (Couscous, tagines and lamb dishes in colourful setting filled with furnishings from a Moroccan souk.) Mayfair

 

Peru:

Chicama (Peruvian, does not serve meat) Kings Road, Chelsea
Pachamama (sister restaurant of Chicama, serves meat, also Peruvian)

 

Turkish:

Oklava (Turkish sharing plates) Shoreditch
Ruya (Turkish) Mayfair

 

Other:

Caravan (A bit of everything) Kings Cross, Exmouth Market, Bankside, Fitzrovia
Palomar (Modern fare from Jerusalem meets a variety of international influences) Soho
The Manor, Clapham
La Bodega Negra (Mexican food) Soho
The Ned, City of London
The Hospital Club (Private Members Club)
Black Roe (Hawaiian-inspired raw fish &seafood dished, plus grilled meats) May
Asia de Cuba (Asian influence on Cuban cuisine) Covent Garden

Casual and Chilled:

Radio Alice (Pizza) Clapham Common
Pho (Vietnamese) Multiple Locations
Franco Manca (Sourdough Pizza) Multiple Locations
Eco (Pizza) Clapham Common
The Pepper Tree (Thai food) Clapham Common
Kaosarn (Asian BYOB) Brixton

Markets:

POP in Brixton
Dinerama in Shoreditch
Mercato in Elephant and Castle
FlatIron Square
Boxpark Shoreditch

Coppa Club

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Delicious food, stunning views and Paradise Pods, Coppa Club at Tower Bridge is the perfect spot for any occassion! Whether it be breakfast/brunch, drinks or dinner, this venue caters to all events. With its famous Paradise Pods (igloos), the Tower Bridge branch overlooks the river Thames and is the perfect outdoor eating spot for those sunny, summer days!

You can pre-book tables/Paradise Pods on their website, but the latter do fill up quite quickly, so try to book as far in advance as you can! The restaurant also has three other locations in St. Paul’sSonning-on-Thames and Henley-on-Thames. I had lunch at the Tower Bridge location and the food was delicious and not overpriced.

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Feya Cafe

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Right off Oxford Street, this beautiful café has not been open too long, and gives Elan Café and Peggy Porschen a run for their money! A hidden gem amongst the bustling side streets of central London, the roof is decorated with white flowers and THE walls are pastel pink. The café not only does cake and coffee, but also has a breakfast and savoury menu with an unique twist (Pink Oats with Caramel Chia Pudding, Mashed Rose Raspberries, Banana Flowers & Rose Petals for example!) Considering how beautiful the cakes are, the prices are incredibly reasonable!

So if you love all things sweet like I do, then it is definitely worth a visit!
Aimee Rose xx

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Caravan

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I absolutely adore this restaurant! In five locations across London (Bankside, Kings Cross, The City, Fitzrovia (coming soon) and Exmouth Market) I would recommend Caravan to anyone who loves and appreciates good food with a less traditional menu.

I have been to both the Bankside and Exmouth Market branches, and both were equally as wonderful an experience. Although I have only ever been to Caravan for dinner, I have also heard great reports about their brunch menu too! It is the perfect spot for a small group, or even just one or two friends, as it has a great atmosphere but doesn’t feel too crowded. They also cater for large groups/special occasions, and can tailor the menu to suit your taste. The food is so delicious and really reasonable given the quality!

Aimee

xxx

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Flourless Dark Chocolate Cake

 

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Ever since I was 8 years old, I have adored baking! I love being able to create something entirely from scratch, and sharing it with friends and family. Baked goods not only bring a sense of delight to every occasion but also comfort and warmth.

Throughout my blog, I will be exploring different ‘Recipes of the Month’ which will feature tried and tested recipes from a variety of different bakers and chefs. This month’s recipe is a Flourless Chocolate Cake, which was recommended to me by my friends’ Mum Mary, and I have never looked back! It is a variation on Rachel Allen’s Recipe for Chocolate Amaretti cake. Not only is it simple to follow and easy to make, it is most importantly, incredibly delicious! Substituting flour for almonds makes for an extremely soft and moist cake, that just melts in the mouth. Whether or not you are gluten free, this cake really is the ultimate crowd pleaser!

It is best served fresh out of the oven, with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, and a dust of icing sugar. Yum!

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Recipe:

Ingredients:
150 g dark chocolate (70%)
150 g ground almonds
175 g caster sugar
100 g butter, cubed
4 eggs, beaten
Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas Mark 4.
Line the base of a 20cm-diameter springform tin with greaseproof paper and butter the sides

 

Melt the chocolate in a bowl sitting over a saucepan of simmering water.
Beat butter and sugar, add eggs, then almonds and finally melted chocolate.
Pour into the prepared tin and pop straight in the oven.

 

 

Cook for 35-45 minutes until the cake is puffed and slightly cracked around the edges. (test with a skewer after 35 minutes, it should come out clean)
Remove and leave to sit for 15 minutes before transferring to a plate. Dust a layer of icing sugar over the top, and serve with a scoop of your favourite ice cream.